Squaring the Circle (the story of hipgnosis)

Squaring the Circle (the story of hipgnosis)

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Photographer, filmmaker, and art director, Anton Corbijn’s debut documentary feature is an homage to the creative geniuses Hipgnosis, the design studio headed by Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey “Po” Powell, who were responsible for elevating album covers from staid band portraits to high concept art pieces. Working with Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, 10cc, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel among others, Hipgnosis revolutionised what an album cover could be, setting a new standard and influencing artists for generations to come.

Anton Corbijn (Control, The American, A Most Wanted Man) tells the story of how Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey “Po” Powell, the design and photography duo who formed Hipgnosis, went from a two-man operation in the late sixties to become rock royalty in their own right by the seventies and firmly at the centre of one of the most creative, fertile eras of rock. Setting up shop on Denmark Street, in London’s Soho, the musician’s alley was the perfect place for the studio to create and conjure images that nobody had previously thought possible. From this dingy studio came Pink Floyd’s ‘Atom Heart Mother’ (1970) and ‘_The Dark Side of the Moon_’ (1973); Led Zeppelin’s ‘_Houses of the Holy_’ (1973); AC/DC ‘_Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap_’ (1976); and Peter Gabriel’s ‘_Peter Gabriel_’ (1978) amongst hundred of others.

From 1968 Hipgnosis worked tirelessly, always innovating and experimenting, their egos matching their talent and not always seeing eye-to-eye with each other or the bands. Corbijn tells their unique story, a vital part of music history, with archive footage from the studio, the stunning art they created, and interviews from those who lived it including; Robert Plant, Roger Waters, Jimmy Page, Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel, David Gilmour and many more. Squaring the Circle: The Story of Hipgnosis is a document of egos, talent and creativity that will never be repeated.

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Runtime 101 Minutes
Release date 14 July 2023
  • Certification: 15